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New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311935

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2012

  • End date

    31 July 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 928 278,71

  • EU contribution

    € 5 618 296

Coordinated by:

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

Objective

BRIGIT aims to develop a cost-competitive and environmentally friendly continuous process to produce biopolymers (polyhydroxybutyrate, PHB, and succinate-based biopolyesters, PBS-Poly-Butylene-Succinate) from waste-derived lignocelullosic sugar feedstock liquor of wood sulphite pulping process based on “in-situ” fermentation process and new fermentation culture technology without alteration of the quality of current lignosulphonates (they have a high market demand as additive). Other non-wood plant waste, used nowadays in the pulp production, will be also considered as alternative sugar source in this project.
In comparison with previous projects to obtain biopolymers from different sources, the main innovation in BRIGIT is the use of an existing sugar-rich waste stream and the process integration with the existing industrial operation, that will permit an overall reduction in resource consumption and in greenhouse gas emissions and a dramatic reduction of operational costs due to the use of non-sterile steps, without the need of intermediate discontinuous bioreactors and avoiding waste transport.
BRIGIT aims to develop bio-based composites for high-tech fire-resistant applications. The use of these biopolymers in combination with natural fabrics (flax, hemp,...) will be mainly in the passenger and goods transport sector (aeronautics, train, buses, shipping, trucks,..) as an alternative to 3D sandwich panels made from thermoset resins reinforced with continuous glass fibres with high fire resistance. The new panels will be recyclable, lighter, with a broad processing windows, high production capacity (using a continuous compression moulding process) and low embodied energy in comparison with current panels that are heavy, non-recyclable, have narrow processing windows, low production capacity, dirty process with high production of waste and based on materials with high embodied energy.

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Address

Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 645 583,57

Administrative Contact

Cristina Abad Rodriguez (Ms.)

Participants (15)

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 636 498,84

UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 313 530,22

BIOTREND-INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 540 180

SILICOLIFE LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 223 000

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 453 469,20

AVECOM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 336 150

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 445 373

NEXTEK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 358 560

DAREN LABORATORIES & SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 252 355,07

GREEN SOURCE SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 413 056,19

ADDCOMP HOLLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 226 350

Proform Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kft.

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 230 197,94

XELIS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 185 011,50

SOLARIS BUS & COACH SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 99 291,73

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 259 688,74

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311935

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2012

  • End date

    31 July 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 928 278,71

  • EU contribution

    € 5 618 296

Coordinated by:

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

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